The NCB has taken over the probe into the controversial cruise narcotics seizure case involving actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan from the Mumbai regional unit of the Sameer Wankhede-led agency. The NCB has handed over the Cruise case and five other cases from the Mumbai unit to a Special Investigation Team (SIT). NCB Deputy Director General (North-West Zone) Mutha Ashok Jain said on Friday that the action has been taken on “administrative basis” and since these six cases have “widespread and inter-state ramifications”, they have to be sent to the operational unit in Delhi. has shifted.
The Governing Unit of NCB has pan-India jurisdiction and is currently headed by DDG Sanjay Kumar Singh. Wankhede, who is facing several personal and service-related charges, will continue to be the agency’s Mumbai zone director. Apart from the cruise drug case, the case related to the son-in-law of Maharashtra cabinet minister Nawab Malik has also been taken over from the Mumbai regional unit, officials said. Mutha Ashok Jain said that the order for transfer of cases has been issued by NCB Director General (DG) SN Pradhan. It is not clear whether the 2020 narcotics case involving actress Rhea Chakraborty has also been transferred from Mumbai to the operations unit.
The NCB issued a statement saying that the 6 cases are being “under its control” by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of officers of the Delhi Operations Unit as they have “national and international ramifications and require a thorough investigation”. “No officers have been removed from their current roles and they will continue to assist the Operations Branch in the investigation until a specific order to the contrary is issued,” the statement said.
“It is reiterated that NCB functions as a unified agency across India,” the statement said. has been removed.’ Let us inform that NCB had arrested Aryan Khan, son of actor Shahrukh Khan and others in the cruise case on the intervening night of October 2-3. This was followed by an independent witness in the case claiming an extortion attempt at Wankhede, after which he is facing a departmental vigilance inquiry. Aryan Khan was released on bail on 30 October. Officials said a team from the Delhi NCB Operations Unit would be camping in Mumbai to take forward the investigation in these cases.
Wankhede denied that he has been “withdrawn” from the investigation in the Aryan Khan case and said the agency’s move is about coordination between the NCB team in Mumbai and Delhi. However, Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik, who has leveled several allegations against Wankhede, said the removal of the NCB officer from the case is “just the beginning”. Wankhede has been removed. There are 26 cases in total which need investigation. this is only the beginning. There is still a lot to be done to clean the system and we will do it.